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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Schumann: Little Morning Wanderer

Schumann: Little Morning Wanderer

The first section (m. 1-8) of the piece, which is the expository section, I believe is more of just phrase groups. This is because it has four cadences. The first is a IAC in m. 2, the second is a HC in measure 4. Then the next two are IAC in m. 6 and HC in m. 8. The two phrases are fairly similar in material, but end on the same weak cadence not really giving a sense of conclusion.

(m. 9-12) is the next little piece of the song where I located a very short phrase. It contains a HC in m. 10 and an IAC in m. 12. This would be considered a contrasting symmetrical period. Also, I believe it would be a transitory function because the piece modulates from A major to E major in this little section.

The next eight bars kind of stand alone. I can’t locate a period from measure 12, until measure 20 at the first ending. I’m guessing that this section would be considered developmental because it has re-entered the original key again, and also is somewhat like the first A section we heard in the piece.

The last 9 bars would be called a terminative function. It is a parallel symmetrical period with IAC’s in m. 24 and 29. It also has a one measure (28) cadential extension.

3 comments:

Scott Spiegelberg said...

Transitional sections are not periodic. mm. 9-12 is one phrase, elaborating the dominant E chord and ending on a half cadence. It is indeed transitional, though the kind that doesn't end up changing keys (it feels like a brief change to B minor, but it is just a flirtatious tonicization).

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